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#28708 - 06/11/23 02:22 PM Canadian Smoke, 2023.
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It's been a week since smoke from the massive fires in Canada was first noticed in this area. I'm sure in other areas it was much more dense than it was here. But I'll give you a rundown on our local conditions. Reading the news, I knew that smoke was on the way. It's a long way from here to Canada, honestly it's hard to imagine the size of the fires.

Last Sunday, the sky was smoky and hazy. One of my landmarks is the top of the South Branch Mountain, east of town. It's 3 air miles from here to the skyline of the mountain. I could see the mountain, but I couldn't make out the ridges and hollows. On a crisp and clear day I can point to a spot on the mountain, and tell you exactly where I'm looking.

Sunday and Monday, the conditions were about the same, the sunshine was a different color.

Tuesday morning I could smell woodsmoke, it was the same smell like you'd get burning leaves and twigs in the garden. We had a good breeze coming out of the north, as the day went on the smoke got more intense. At one point you could focus on a dark spot out 50 or 100 yards away and see little whisps of white/gray smoke. Tuesday evening, you could just make out the skyline of the mountain.

Wednesday morning, the smoke was more dense than before, the Branch Mtn was out of sight. There is a high ridge a mile from here, I could just make out the skyline. Another thing that I noticed, the smell of the smoke had changed, it was more like the smell of a pineknot fire.

I'm sure I'm not the only person that went outside and circled their house, just to make sure.

Thursday morning, things were about the same, still couldn't see the mountain, just the skyine on the ridge at a mile. We had a strong west wind that evening, it was trying to blow in a thunderstorm. We are dry as a bone here and haven't had a drop of rain for weeks.

But for 3 days, the sun didn't have enough strength to cast a shawdow. Just kind of odd.

One thing that I will say, the fires in Quebec were the #1 news headline, UNTIL the smoke got into the U.S. Once the smoke was here in the U.S., you can't even find mention of the actual fire/fires.

One of the last stories that I read, it said that as many as 20,000 residents were forced to evacuate, and some only had a 3 or 4 hour notice.

I did find a story in the BBC news last evening, it said some residents were starting to return home. It also said that 100's of homes were lost in the fires.

But it is kind of hard to get news, about the size of the fires, and what's happening on the ground. Hopefully, we'll all get a good soaking rain soon.

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#28709 - 06/11/23 02:37 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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Isn't Musher from that part of the world? I'd like to hear that he's alright.
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#28710 - 06/11/23 04:33 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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It was hazy here for a few days, but not too bad.
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#28711 - 06/11/23 07:37 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: FLSH ETR]
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Originally Posted By: FLSH ETR
Isn't Musher from that part of the world? I'd like to hear that he's alright.


All is good here. Thanks for asking.

We had a fire 10 km. from the house. That was a little stressing. Lightening was the cause. It is now contained and probably out.

The woods are closed. You are not allowed to go into them. There are road blocks at access points and you have to show your address if you are going home. Outfitters, loggers, cottagers and the like are not happy.

It certainly messed up my bear season.

Everything was really smoky for a few days but it isn't too bad right now.

We need rain. It has dribbled a bit and there is a good dew in the morning. But things are quite dry.

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#28712 - 06/14/23 12:34 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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I'm glad to hear that your section of Canada is good to go. But with a fire, that can all change in just a little bit.

Talking to different people here at work, the smoke was more intense in some areas.

I know one lady that called 911. She said that her husband had already went to work, she was getting ready to go to work and when she walked outside, the smoke was thick. She thought for sure there was a forest fire, just out of sight of her house.

I think 911 did send an officer up there to check things out, turns out that it was smoke from Canada.

We finally had a rain here, I had 0.37 inches. We are dry! I don't write down our rainfall, one man said that it was our first rain in 20 days. I know it's been a long time since the last time that I dumped my gauge.

After the rain the air was crisp and clear, it's a little bit hazy this morning, but I can pick out the ridges from 3 miles.

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#28713 - 06/14/23 10:51 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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The woods around the house re-opened Monday. A good chunk of the province was re-opened today.

There are still over 100 fires burning.

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#28716 - 06/15/23 12:54 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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I'm glad to hear that things are getting back to normal.

Thinking about the men on the timber crews, can't get to work for 2 or 3 weeks and I'm sure the bills are still rolling in.

I hear you talk about cottagers off and on, do these folks own their camp or house? Or are they rentals? Probably both.

I would assume that tourism is big business in Quebec.

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#28717 - 06/15/23 07:17 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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The cottagers own the buildings but they lease the land from the government. In some areas they own the land.

Tourism is a huge business in the province.

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#28721 - 06/25/23 10:28 AM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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Yesterday afternoon all was normal here except for the 30 degree temps. However, by supper, we were in lots of smoke. Fires further north were cutting visibility to a 1000 feet or so. It was smoky enough to make you go and stay indoors.

It is still smoky this morning but not quite as bad.

We need rain.

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#28722 - 06/25/23 12:52 PM Re: Canadian Smoke, 2023. [Re: redsnow]
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I haven't read anything about the fires for over a week.

We've had some much needed rain here, kind of hit and miss as a rule. The mailman told me yesterday, he's had 4.5 plus inches for the month. He lives on top of the mountain and it seems like he always gets more than here in the valley.

I heard yesterday that the river was muddy as could be, I guess someplace up south of here must have got hammered. Don't think the creek is up much, just muddy.

Talking about tourism, I was sure it would be big. Just like the river beside your house, it would be a fun ride in a kayak. There's probably and outfitter or 2, along the stream

One thing that I want to say, I watched one of your videos the other day. It was "Canoe camping with friends", I think? I'll tell you the scenery shots across the lake, and across the ridge tops and all. That's just beautiful country.

I'm not sure how that deal worked, but it looked like you and the crew paddled a mile to get to your campsite. And then you've got a picnic table, fire ring and an outhouse without a roof.

I got the feeling that there's a forest road, 50 yards above the campsite, and it's closed to the public. Anyway, looked like you had fun, that's the main thing.

Hopefully, Quebec will get a good soaking rain and snuff out the fires.

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